EPA water quality plan 'unacceptable'

By CHARLES PEARL State Journal Staff Writer Published:

By CHARLES PEARL

State Journal Staff Writer

Franklin County's Ed Councill told federal environmental officials at a hearing last week on Kentucky water quality standards to prevent stream degradation their plan isn't acceptable.

"I haven't heard, in 2 1/2 hours of sitting here, anyone speak in favor of what you have proposed," said Councill, secretary of Kentucky Riverkeeper and owner of a canoeing business.

"That seems to be a pretty strong message. You need to go back and fix it."

Councill said the Kentucky River, in its entirety, doesn't meet standards for fishing and swimming.

"We're concerned the rule proposal doesn't address this issue," he said. "We need stronger protection, not less."

For more on this story, see today's State Journal.

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